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Arcam FMJ A18 Integrated Amplifier Review

Arcam FMJ A18 Integrated Amplifier Review

At the risk of stating the obvious, unless you are interested in a headphone-only...

Music Hall dac25.3 DAC and Headphone Amplifier Review

Music Hall dac25.3 DAC and Headphone Amplifier Review

  A year or so ago, Sam Tellig reviewed the Music Hall dac25.2, the...

Living Sounds Audio LSA.5 Loudspeaker Review

Living Sounds Audio LSA.5 Loudspeaker Review

I first became aware of Living Sounds Audio (LSA Group) at Rocky Mountain Audio...

Halide Design USB to S/PDIF Bridge Review

Halide Design USB to S/PDIF Bridge Review

By way of background, I use a custom music server fitted with an ESI...

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AmpsandSound Introduces Hudson and Seneca Horn-Loaded Loudspeakers

May 31, 2016
AmpsandSound Introduces Hudson and Seneca Horn-Loaded Loudspeakers

AmpsandSound, a leading designer/manufacturer of high performance desktop personal audio headphone amplifiers, two-channel tube audio amplifiers, and horn loudspeakers, announced that their Hudson and Seneca horn-loaded loudspeakers, and Agartha headphone amplifier will be on display at the 2016 T.H.E. Show Newport in Irvine, CA, from June 3rd- June 5th, 2016. Making their official debut...
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Furutech FP-TCS31 Power Cable and FI-28/FI-38 Connectors

May 31, 2016
Furutech FP-TCS31 Power Cable and FI-28/FI-38 Connectors

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Furutech FP-TCS31 power cable and FI-28/FI-38 connectors at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “While less articulate and certainly more relaxed and smoother than its predecessor, the FP-TCS31 cable manages to extract more detail from recordings and sounds more powerful and more colourful, with a lager soundstage as...
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Berkeley Audio Design Announces Alpha DAC Reference Series 2

May 31, 2016
Berkeley Audio Design Announces Alpha DAC Reference Series 2

The original Alpha DAC Reference Series was a breakthrough product that reduced noise, particularly in the time domain, to levels significantly lower than any audio D to A converter previously available. The result was an immediacy and presence of music reproduction that was closer to the microphone feed than ever before. Very fine spatial...
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Acoustic Imagery ATSAH NC500 Monoblock Amplifiers

May 31, 2016
Acoustic Imagery ATSAH NC500 Monoblock Amplifiers

David Abramson has posted a review of the Acoustic Imagery ATSAH NC500 monoblock amplifiers ($1995/pair) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “No the ATSAHs are definitely not the only game in town, but they are to my eye the most streamlined and sexy value-priced implementation of Bruno’s revelatory creations. To wit, they are well-built, lightweight,...
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Parasound Halo 2.1 Integrated Amplifier

May 31, 2016
Parasound Halo 2.1 Integrated Amplifier

Greg Voth has posted a review of the Parasound Halo 2.1 integrated amplifier ($2495) at Stereo Times. Hiss conclusions: “It’s certainly a well-built piece with a very nice internal DAC, adjustable analog crossover, flexible phono stage for duty in both stereo and surround sound applications, with our without subwoofers. The Halo does sound very...
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Bel Canto Design DAC3.7

May 31, 2016
Bel Canto Design DAC3.7

Bill Wells has posted a review of the Bel Canto Design DAC3.7 ($4495) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “Through the innovative technologies designed into these products – the bar has been raised in terms of overall performance and increased listening pleasure. At the end of the day – these products collectively form a platform...
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Digital Amplifier Company King Maraschino Cherry Monoblocks

May 31, 2016
Digital Amplifier Company King Maraschino Cherry Monoblocks

Marvin Bolden has posted a review of the Digital Amplifier Company King Maraschino Cherry monoblocks ($3800/pair) at Stereo Mojo. His conclusions: “As with any component, it is important to make sure you match pieces for synergy. In my system they were great performers with speed, accuracy, balance, and swing. Just remember, soundwise they are...
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VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature Preamplifier and S-200 Signature Power Amplifier

May 31, 2016
VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature Preamplifier and S-200 Signature Power Amplifier

Marcin Olszewski has posted a review of the VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature preamplifier and S-200 Signature power amplifier at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “There are devices that have something in them, that when we switch them on, we subconsciously become addicted to them. Slowly, yet steady, we become listening junkies. And the VTL...
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Scansonic HD MB-2.5 Loudspeaker

May 31, 2016
Scansonic HD MB-2.5 Loudspeaker

Jan de Jeu has posted a review of the Scansonic HD MB-2.5 loudspeakers (€2900/pair) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The Scansonic HD MB-2.5 is a beautiful loudspeaker that elevates itself above the average for it’s price, in both industrial design and sound signature. In order to let it perform at it’s best, it is...
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Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder

May 30, 2016
Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder

Dan Worth has posted a review of the Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder (£1499) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “With a complimentary headphone amplifier, great style and a detail rich, natural and fluid sound, I can’t see what there’s not to like about the Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder.” You can read the full...
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AMG Giro Turntable and 9W2 Tonearm

May 30, 2016
AMG Giro Turntable and 9W2 Tonearm

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the AMG Giro turntable and 9W2 tonearm (together $9900) at Dagogo. His conclusions: Simply put, the AMG Giro is the best turntable I know of for less than $14,000, but the AMG V12 is simply one of the best turntables out there at any price. So AMG...
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Marantz Announces PM6006 Integrated Amplifier and CD6006 CD Player

May 30, 2016
Marantz Announces PM6006 Integrated Amplifier and CD6006 CD Player

Marantz continues its commitment to reproducing music the way musicians meant for it to be heard, bringing original sound quality into the home. To accomplish this, Marantz continuously updates its stereo collection. It now announces the new PM6006 Integrated Amplifier and CD6006 CD Player. This stereo duo is setting new standards in the mid-class...
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T.H.E. Show Newport Opens Friday, June 3, 2016

May 30, 2016
T.H.E. Show Newport Opens Friday, June 3, 2016

T.H.E. Event T.H.E. Show is a weekend of fun & entertainment for music & audio enthusiasts. 400+ Audio manufactures from around the world come to showcase their ultra high-end equipment. Hear a variety of sounds from the $500,000 stereo setup to the $500 headphones. When you’re ready for a bite, chow down on LA’s...
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The Bit Opus #1 Digital Audio Player

May 30, 2016
The Bit Opus #1 Digital Audio Player

Marcusd has posted a review of the Opus #1 digital audio player ($599) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “Tonally The Bit have played things a bit safe with a very flat natural sound that doesn’t push the envelope in any specific direction but nevertheless remains very detailed with good levels of transparency and above average...
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Magnepan 3.7i Loudspeaker

May 29, 2016
Magnepan 3.7i Loudspeaker

Constantine Soo has posted a review of the Magnepan 3.7i loudspeakers ($5000/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “While the 20.7’s superiority is almost guaranteed, the tall and slender Maggie 3.7i at 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide is only five inches slenderer, eight inches shorter than the 20.7 and costs less than half. While...
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Rega Planar 3 Turntable and Elys2 Phono Cartridge

May 29, 2016
Rega Planar 3 Turntable and Elys2 Phono Cartridge

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Rega Planar 3 turntable and Elys2 phono cartridge (together £625) at The Ear. His conclusions: “In a nutshell the new Rega Planar 3 lives up to its name and then some, if you want to hear just why vinyl is the format that will not die...
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Aurorasound Preda Preamplifier

May 29, 2016
Aurorasound Preda Preamplifier

Srajan Ebean has posted a review of the Aurorasound Preda preamplifier (£7999-£15,999) at 6moons. His conclusions: “A sonic tutorial for the Preda would call it an uncompromised passive on sheer transparency. Uncompromised means zero impedance/drive issues no matter the ancillaries including cable lengths. On speed, drive and control, it switches gears to behave like...
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Wilson Audio Leaks Teaser Photographs of New Yvette Loudspeaker

May 28, 2016
Wilson Audio Leaks Teaser Photographs of New Yvette Loudspeaker

Wilson Audio leaks teaser photographs of its new Yvette loudspeaker on its Facebook page. Looks to be a replacement for the Sophia 3. Source: Facebook
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Wireworld Brings the Best Test of Cable Fidelity to T.H.E. Show Newport 2016

May 24, 2016
Wireworld Brings the Best Test of Cable Fidelity to T.H.E. Show Newport 2016

Wireworld Cable Technology—respected manufacturer of high-performance audio and video cables—will bring its acclaimed Audio Cable Polygraph presentation to T.H.E. Show Newport on June 3-5, 2016 at the Hotel Irvine, Irvine, CA.  Presentations will be at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm in Room 1016. Founder and Designer, David Salz, offers the best test of audio cable fidelity for attendees to hear exactly what cables to...
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Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Headphone Amplifier

May 24, 2016
Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Headphone Amplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC (£1980) and Ragnarok headphone amplifier (£1580) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Rarely have I been as favourably impressed by a DAC and headphone amplifier as I have been by the Yggdrasil and Ragnarok. Though neither component comes anywhere near being the most expensive...
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Wireworld Starlight 7 Digital Cables

May 24, 2016
Wireworld Starlight 7 Digital Cables

Marc Andre has posted a review of the Gold Starlight 7 balanced AES/EBU digital cable ($), the Starlight 7 USB ($90) USB cable, and the Platinum Starlight 7 USB cable ($550) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The Gold Starlight 7 AES/EBU and Platinum Starlight 7 USB are not inexpensive by any means, but...
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Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 22, 2016
Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Jim Austin has posted a review of the Meridian Explorer2 headphone amplifier-DAC ($299) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Leave MQA out of the mix, and the Meridian Explorer2 is a fun, capable audio device at a cost that audiophiles—and anyone else who’s accustomed to audiophile prices—will likely find more than fair … But when you...
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Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Announces the Christine Reference Preamplifier

May 20, 2016
Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Announces the Christine Reference Preamplifier

Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, LLC is proud to announce the gold series Christine Reference Preamplifier. Finally, experience the illusion of space with detail, midrange and a solid holographic image. Hear the speed and bottom end grip with slam on the music. The Christine Reference Preamplifier from Merrill Audio is the finest preamplifier to...
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Campfire Audio Orion In-Ear Monitors

May 18, 2016
Campfire Audio Orion In-Ear Monitors

Marcusd has posted a review of the Campfire Audio Orion in-ear monitors ($349) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “It is still a midrange performer and the star of the show, but it really doesn’t negate the rest of the frequency response so you get just enough to make things sound relatively balanced. Vocals are strong,...
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Rotel Introduces the RA-1592 Integrated Amplifier

May 17, 2016
Rotel Introduces the RA-1592 Integrated Amplifier

Rotel Electronics, widely acknowledged for 50 years as a leader in affordable high-end electronics designed for serious audiophiles and home-theater fans, has introduced the RA-1592 stereo integrated amplifier built upon the award-winning Rotel RC-1590 preamplifier and RB-1582mk2 power amplifier in a sleek, single chassis design. While home theater is still in high demand for...
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